Old Sauk Trail

Snohomish County, Washington

Elevation Gain218ft
Trailhead Elevation779ft
Elevation Min/Max650/779ft
Elevation Start/End779/779ft

Old Sauk Trail

Old Sauk Trail is a hiking trail in Snohomish County, Washington. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 779 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 218 feet. The Old Sauk North Trailhead and Old Sauk South Trailhead parkings are near the trailhead.

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Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"A major tributary to the Skagit, the federally protected Wild and Scenic Sauk River supports a wide array of wildlife and provides critical habitat for Puget Sound salmon. And like the Skagit, this mighty river is also winter habitat for hundreds of bald eagles. The Old Sauk River Trail hugs the riverbank of this ecologically important and strikingly beautiful waterway for 3 virtually flat miles. And with an elevation below 1000 feet, the trail rarely sees snow, making it one of the few winter hiking choices along the Mountain Loop Highway. But any time of year is ideal for this delightful and easy trail." Read more
Hiking through History Washington (Falcon Guides)
Nathan and Jeremy Barnes
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"This 6.0-mile stroll through an area that was once home to the Sauk-Suiattle tribe follows portions of the wagon road that once connected Darrington and Monte Cristo. From the gravel parking lot, the trail quickly cuts toward the Sauk River. Wander through a mixed forest of evergreens and maples nestled beneath looming old-growth firs, thankfully skipped over when the area was last logged in the 1930s. While the trail is ideal for hikers of all ages, it does not have the big reward of broad vistas or a remote alpine lake. Instead, the Old Sauk Trail is a chance to slow down, take a closer look at the landscape, and enjoy the sounds of the rushing Sauk River." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"A lowland, level walk along the Sauk River bed is a Hansel and Gretel wonderland, easy enough for small children or disabled walkers, yet luminously lovely year-round. Deep forest trail skirts white water vistas and then meanders around side streams, pools, and seep ponds where in the heat of summer children can safely play. The Sauk is one of Washington’s most scenic rivers, yet this trail along its banks is often overlooked as a family hike. The forest is a magical study in shades of green." Read more

Old Sauk Trail Reviews

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Just a lovely trail that hugs the river bank for most of its length. With very little (100 feet) elevation gain over three miles, it is probably the easiest trail off the Mountain Loop Highway. You can hear the crashing of the river the entire route and there are several places where it's safe to access the river bank. The trail is in such good shape you could almost push a wheelchair. Great views of the river and surrounding peaks. If you came through Granite Falls, be sure to head back to I-5 via Darrington and vice versa.

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Trail Information

Snohomish County
Nearby City
Skill Level
Verlot Public Service Center, 33515 Mountain Loop Hwy., Granite Falls, WA 98252; (360) 691-7791; fs.usda.gov/mbs
Local Contacts
USGS Helena Ridge; Green Trails Map #110 (Silverton)
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Dec 2018